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Anthony Johnson UFC 210 open workout scrum

BUFFALO – At UFC 210 open workouts, Anthony Johnson discusses his long-awaited rematch against Daniel Cormier, his weight cut, his history with rematches, what it would feel like to knockout Cormier after all his trash talk, and more.

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Angela Lee ‘confident’ she’d compete with UFC fighters, open to superfight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong proposed a fight between his titleholder, Angela Lee, and UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk last week in an interview with the International Business Times.

Though the the chances of a fight happening any time soon are a long shot because they are in two different promotions, Lee is ready to do it.

“It’s something that I’m all open for,” Lee told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think that it would be a really great opportunity. For me, every day I’m just learning and growing and evolving even more as a fighter. And so it would be a really great fight. I would definitely look forward to that.”

Lee, who is just 20 years old, is undefeated at 7-0 with all her fights coming under the ONE banner. She won the ONE Championship 115-pound title (atomweight in ONE, strawweight in the UFC) in a Fight of the Year candidate over Mei Yamaguchi in May 2016 and defended it via third-round submission (punches) against Jenny Huang in March. Lee, who lives in Hawaii, is considered one of the top up-and-coming fighters in all of MMA.

Jedrzejczyk (13-0) is also undefeated and is one of the most tenured champions in the UFC, holding the strawweight title since March 2015. The Polish kickboxer is known for her dynamic and aggressive striking.

Lee said she watches the UFC and fighters like Jedrzejczyk and while she doesn’t think she’d steamroll all of them, she thinks she could be competitive in that division.

“I think that because the UFC is the major organization here in North America, a lot of time people don’t pay as much attention to the other organizations and they might [discredit them],” Lee said. “I think when I watch the fighters fight, I don’t necessarily talk like that, but I know that I can hang with them. I’m pretty confident in my skillset that I could do well.”

Lee is under contract with ONE, though, and will defend her title against Istela Nunes on May 26 in Singapore in the main event of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes. It’ll be her second fight in three months after a 10-month layoff. Lee said after six fights in between May 2015 and May 2016, it was nice to have somewhat of a break to head back to the gym and refine her game.

“It was really great to work so hard, put your head down and grind, grind, grind,” Lee said. “And then have a little bit of a break to spend time with my family, to relax and to also upgrade my skills.”

Lee has seen her profile rise quickly in Asia and even now in the United States and Canada. Lee was born in Vancouver to a martial arts family. Her brother Christian is also an MMA fighter and her parents were martial arts competitors for years.

“Unstoppable” acknowledges that it is sometimes difficult to juggle all the obligations, training and fights. Lee went to UFC 168 to see Ronda Rousey face Miesha Tate and drew inspiration from Rousey, who was the reason the UFC brought in women fighters. Rousey has now lost two in a row, though, while attempting to divide her time between fighting and Hollywood.

“It’s so nice to see what she’s done for women’s MMA in the UFC, in North America,” Lee said. “Because that was something that wasn’t there before, at all. Going to Las Vegas and seeing her fight live, I still have so much respect for Ronda and all that she’s done.

“This sport that we’re in, MMA, it’s crazy. It’s full of highs and lows and everything happens so fast. I think at the end of the day, you have to really make the most of your time. That’s what’s going to count. I think that she’s made the most of her time and she’s done amazing things in that time.”

Lee hopes to make the most of her time, too. And she has a long way to go. Lee said she feels like she can do MMA forever, but that’s, of course, not very realistic. For the interim, she’s focusing on ONE and its atomweight division, hoping that the promotion keeps the challengers and contenders coming.

“They do have a handful of fighters, but I would like to see those numbers increase in the next year,” Lee said.

If not, maybe that fight with Jedrzejczyk will be waiting for her one of these days.

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Midnight Mania! Miesha Tate open to WWE – ‘I would love to’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight …

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got retired former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate giving her thoughts on participating in WWE, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) mistaking Tom Lawler for Robbie Lawler, Derrick Lewis excited about his fight with Mark Hunt, another mass brawl on the Caucasus mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, videos, knockouts, podcasts, and much more. In addition, a Maniac shares how MMAMania.com brought him to the girl he’s engaged to.


Insomnia

Miesha Tate has it all. Talent, good looks, a resume as both a Strikeforce and UFC champion, and a high-profile job as a studio commentator, honing her skills on the mic. Now, she is looking for her next adventure and is seemingly up for anything. Anything that sounds fun, that is. According to FoxSports.com, her definition of fun includes a possible appearance in WWE.

At a Q&A in London, Miesha was asked about it and she appeared very open to the idea.

“I would love to. It would be fun. I would love to. I’m open to all kinds of things like that. It would be a lot of fun.”

Tate’s rival Ronda Rousey, of course, is no stranger to WWE, appearing at Wrestlemania in 2015 to great effect (view from 1:18 in the video below).

Could these two UFC female legends meet in the ring someday?


Bobs and Weaves

I’m not the only one who gets confused. USADA (or possibly UFC) addressed “Filthy” Tom Lawlor as Robbie Lawler in a recent email regarding athlete whereabouts.

Derrick Lewis is stoked about his upcoming match-up with Mark Hunt, which is set to headline a June 10, 2017, card. This is how stoked:

My next opponent is Mark Hunt in New Zealand June 10th

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Nate Diaz, setting the record straight.

Stipe Miocic has no shortage of desire

Has “Uncle Creepy” finally found love? He thinks so!

“War Machine,” a piece of trash human being by all legal accounts, was found guilty of nearly all the abuse charges leveled against him by Christie Mack. The attempted murder charges didn’t go through, however, resulting in a hung jury. I wonder how prison will treat him this time around.

There was another mass brawl in Dagestan.

John Dodson has some crazy, but appropriate, dreams at night.

Cub Swanson is in the same boat ahead of his headlining bout opposite Artem Lobov.

Angela Hill got the dream care package. I guess Street Fighter did take care of her.

Yeah, still the most impressive sequence of the weekend

This is a wild fight


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Audio

The MMAMania.com post-fight show

The MMA Hour

Joe Rogan brought to tears with his passion for the UFC


Random Land

Talent.


Top Fan Post

The top Fanpost of the day has to go to this one by A.K, who describes how MMAMania.com led to him meeting the love of his life and moving out of frozen North Dakota to be with her. Now they are engaged. Life is crazy, sometimes it is beautiful, and their story makes me happy.

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Marion Reneau disagrees with judges, open to rematch with Bethe Correia after draw

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL – Marion Reneau talks to the media about her draw with Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 106, how she scored the bout, wanting a rematch with Correia, and much more.

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Video: Sobbing Christy Mack testifies against War Machine in open court, recounts harrowing cycle of abuse

Just as she did in late 2014, former adult film actress Christine “Christy MacK” Mackinday sat in open court to testify against ex-boyfriend Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver.

And, just like 2014, it was a painful experience.

“I just wanted to make him happy,” Mackinday told the jury. “I could prevent being hit, or him being angry, by doing something sexual. Now I understand the manipulation and abusive relationships. I look back, and I know that’s not how things should have been.”

Or perhaps they were, according to the accused.

Koppenhaver, who logged miles with both Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator MMA, is charged with 34 felonies, including attempted murder, after his alleged attack on Mackinday and former reality show star Corey Thomas.

“War Machine,” who faces life in prison, plead not guilty to the litany of charges and opening statements were delivered in Clark County, Nevada, earlier this week (watch them here).

For an extensive background on this case, including police reports, eyewitness testimony and much more, click here.

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Edson Barboza UFC Fight Night 106 open workout

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Watch Edson Barboza train ahead of his UFC Fight Night 106 lightweight bout with Beneil Dariush in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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Francis Ngannou open workout

LAS VEGAS — After UFC 209 media day, Francis Ngannou participated in an open workout session at a UFC Gym in Las Vegas.

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Tony Ferguson UFC 209 open workout scrum

LAS VEGAS — At UFC 209 open workouts, Tony Ferguson discusses whether or not he has a beef with Khabib Nurmagomedov outside the Octagon, why he feels like Nurmagomedov is a bully, and his take on Conor McGregor’s future.

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Oddsmakers open Michael Bisping as betting favorite to be Georges St-Pierre’s next UFC opponent

It didn’t take long for the betting world to weigh-in on the Georges St-Pierre sweepstakes.

Following news reported Wednesday by MMA Fighting that St-Pierre was on the verge of signing a new multi-fight contract with the UFC, oddsmakers at Bovada set the opening lines for the question hanging on everyone’s mind: who will be St-Pierre’s next opponent?

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping opened as the +130 betting favorite, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering that both Bisping and St-Pierre have lobbied to fight one another for several months dating back to late-2016.

But Bisping wasn’t the only name thrown into the mix. Complete opening odds can be seen below.


Screenshot via Bovada

St-Pierre, 35, reigned over the UFC welterweight division from 2007 until 2013 as one of the most popular fighters in the sport. He defended his UFC title nine consecutive times — a record for the division — culminating in a hard-fought split decision over Johny Hendricks in Nov. 2013. Afterward, St-Pierre surprised many within the sport by vacating the belt and exiting the UFC on top, although he always hinted that a return could be in the cards for the right fight.

Even today, St-Pierre is widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts. In June 2016, he announced his intentions to return to the UFC and a desire to fight Bisping. A myriad of contract issues complicated that return, however it appears the worst is behind St-Pierre and the Canadian icon is targeting a fight in the third quarter of 2017.

With a lack of big-name stars at the UFC’s disposal, St-Pierre’s comeback will undoubtedly prove to be a financial boon for the new owners of the UFC — and the lucky opponent who gets selected to challenge the former champion.

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Wilson Reis wants Demetrious Johnson next, but open to title eliminator bout with Joseph Benavidez

NEW YORK – Wilson Reis talks to the media about his decision win over Ulka Sasaki at UFC 208, wanting to fight flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, but willing to take title eliminator bout with Joseph Benavidez, his mustache, and much more.

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